QUIC.cloud is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for WordPress that has some advantages over other CDN providers. However configuring your DNS to utilize quic.cloud can be tricky.
Not all of us are DNS gods who spend all day tweaking DNS setups so configuring your domain name to use quic.cloud can be a stressful exercise with the potential to make your website unreachable. However, break the instructions down step-by-step and it’s not that complicated.
Before that though, we should define two different domain name terms, root domain and a sub-domain.
Your root domain (or sometimes called naked domain) is your domain name, e.g. widgets.com, without the www. part.
This is usually www.widgets.com – e.g. the www. part before the root domain. You also see things like ftp.widgets.com or mail.widgets.com. These are all sub-domains.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this guide:
– Configure WordPress Litespeed plugin to connect to quic.cloud
– Configuring your DNS on your domain name if you access your website using www.
– Configuring your DNS on your domain name if you access your website using non-www (naked domain name)
– Confirm that your website is now using quic.cloud
1. Configure WordPress Litespeed plugin to connect to quic.cloud
This is the easy part. The first thing you need to do is link your website to quic.cloud.
Go to the Litespeed plugin general settings page and click on the Request Domain Key button
You will see the following messages: “Applied for domain key successfully. Please wait for result. Domain key will be automatically sent to your WordPress.” and “You will be notified upon approval.”
Once done, a new button will appear to the right of the domain key called “Link to QUIC.cloud”, click it and it will take you to quic.cloud to register an account and add the domain to the service. It will then return you to the plugin settings page on your website.
You can then visit https://my.quic.cloud/ to see all the sites you have added to the service, as well as their status.
On all the sites I have added I’ve needed to set the server IP address manually. You can find this in the Settings tab
Once done head on over to the CDN tab in quic.cloud.
2. Configuring your DNS on your domain name if you access your website using www.
If you access your website by using https://www.widgets.com then this is the easy option. Access you domain name provider’s control panel.
Note: your quic.cloud server address is on the CDN tab, use that address rather than the one in my screenshots.
What you need to do is locate the DNS record for www.
If it is a CNAME record, then you need change it to point to the quic.cloud server address as below
If www is an A record, you need to delete it and then create it again as a CNAME record, pointing to the quic.cloud server address as below
3. Configuring your DNS on your domain name if you access your website using non-www root (naked domain name)
So if you access your website by going to https://widgets.com then you are using the naked domain. Traditionally the root domain is always pointed towards an IP address. There are some domain providers that allow you to point the root domain to another domain name but these are few and far between. CloudFront is one of these providers.
You have two options;
– Change your WordPress domain name to www. Quite straightforward but scary.
– Change your domain provider to one that allows you to point your root domain to another domain (the other domain being the QUIC server)
4. Confirm that your website is now using quic.cloud
You can check that your website is using QUIC.cloud by going to www.http3check.net
For more info on validating CDN see the link below